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Obama Open To Name Change For Washington Redskins

President Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would "think about changing" the team name.

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Baseball Swings Into Playoffs

Host Scott Simon and Howard Bryant of ESPN talk about baseball playoff winners and losers. Plus Alex Rodriguez files suit against the MLB and commissioner Bud Selig, and the Cincinnati Reds let manager Dusty Baker go.
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'Linsanity': For Asian Fans, It Felt Just Like 'Young Love'

The new documentary Linsanity retells the unlikely rise of Jeremy Lin as an Asian-American NBA star. Now playing for the Houston Rockets, Lin generated global buzz and a large Asian-American fanbase last year as a high-scoring point guard for the New York Knicks.
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NFL Commissioner Pens Open Letter Amid Brain Damage Scandal

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter Thursday to ten million of his closest friends. He wanted to let everyone know the league is doing everything it can to prevent concussions and that player safety is top priority. His letter came the day after excerpts of the book League of Denial, which details how the NFL ignored the evidence linking football to concussions and long-term brain damage, came out. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks to Audie Cornish about this and other NFL news.
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Here's What's Up As Baseball Enters Postseason

The baseball postseason is set and gets underway tonight — a preview of the matchups in the American and National leagues.
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This Week On Metro Connection: Ups And Downs

From the roller coaster ride of the government shutdown to a woman who teaches aerobatics in the sky, we take a look at "ups and downs."

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At 49, Jamie Moyer's Pitching Career Goes Into Extra Innings

In a new memoir called Just Tell Me I Can't Moyer explains how he became a better pitcher in his 40s than his 20s. Moyer's story isn't just the tale of a talented guy who hung on a little longer than others; with the help of a sports psychologist, he managed to gain control of the mental side of his game.
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Love Of Victory In The Time Of Steroids

On Sept. 27, 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100-meter gold medal when tests showed a performance-enhancing drug in his system. As Alex Rodriguez appeals his illegal doping ban from Major League Baseball, Frank Deford reflects on a historical moment of drug use among athletes.
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Hockey's Ovechkin Helps Move Olympic Torch From Olympia

Hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin was among the first torch bearers for the 2014 Olympics that will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. David Greene talks to Ovechkin about the various challenges ahead for the Winter Games, as well as the upcoming hockey season.
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Examining The Psychology Of Sports Fans

Some sports fans' lives depend on how well their teams are doing. In one theory, sports allow us to deeply identify with the athletes so it feels like we are playing the game.

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